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Galena IL Lodging

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Old Market House State Historic Site
123 N. Commerce St.
Galena, IL 61036
9a.m. – 5p.m. Daily

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Palace Campgrounds

11357 U.S. 20 W
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815.777.2466


  • Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi Access
  • Pet Friendly
  • Shared Bath
  • Child Friendly

Other Information

Rate Range: $25-$60
Number of Rooms: 14


This is a campground like no other. Not only are there spaces for campers and tents plus rustic cabins, amenities abound here and there is historical significance, too!

Founded in 1848, this is the oldest campground in Illinois and it's situated on 50 quiet, wooded acres just 2 miles from historic downtown Galena's Helluva Half Mile. A public golf course, grocery store, fast-food restaurants, Wal-Mart and gas stations are within 1/2 mile.

“Big band” members from such notable groups as Lawrence Welk, Glen Miller, Tiny Hall and The Dorsey Brothers stayed in the cabins here while performing at the Royal Palais Dance Hall, which was located nearby.

Open April 1-Nov. 1, there are eight rustic cabins joined by scenic camping areas, Li’L General Championship Miniature Golf (18 holes), a game arcade, an outdoor heated swimming pool and baby pool, Saturday night outdoor movies (Memorial Day-Labor Day) and fast food.

Each cabin has air conditioning and electric and all are located near the showers. Each sleeps five with a queen bed and a bunk bed consisting of a double bed with a twin bed above. Cabins have a light but do not have linens.
The cabins are not available in October.

There are more than 100 sites to accommodate all types of campers, some with water, electric and/or sewer. Eight different scenic areas are available for tents, including some with electric hook-ups. Picnic tables can be found throughout the property.

Three bath buildings complete With 16 hot showers, potable water and soda machines.
-Playground with a slide, swings, clubhouse and basketball court.
-Hayrides on Saturday nights Memorial Day-Labor Day.
-Office with soda and snacks.
-Laundry facilities.

1 p.m.
*Early check-ins are charged one-half day’s rent.


No firewood is allowed to be brought into the campground.
-Must be 21-years-old or with a parent.
-No reservations for tent camping.
-Speed limit is 5 mph and is strictly enforced.
-No fireworks allowed.
-Pool hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily during season.
-Hayrides begin at 6 p.m., Saturdays and holidays, Memorial Day-Labor Day.
-No motorized vehicles, such as mopeds, scooters, etc.
-No bicycle riding after dark.
-Pets must be on a leash and you must pick up after them. Do not leave pets on site unattended.
-Children must return to their site By 11 p.m.
-Visitor fee is $2 per person per night. Visitors must be out By 11 p.m.
-Quiet time begins at 11 p.m.

Cabin mid-week: $50.
-Cabin Fri. or Sat. night: $60.
-Camper - sewer/water/electric: $37.
-Camper - water/electric: $35.
-Camper or tent - electric: $33.
-Tent only: $25.
*All rates are based on a family of 4. Additional guests are an additional $2 per person per night.